If the steel or brass pulls on your old kitchen cabinets are dingy and tarnished, you can either try to clean them, replace them -- at significant cost -- or refurbish them with a wrought-iron look that is both classic and durable. This is an inexpensive, easy way to transform your cabinets.
Things You'll Need
- Wire brush
- Flat-black spray paint
Remove all old metal cabinet and drawer pulls by unscrewing the screws from the backs. Set all of the screws aside to re-mount later. Clean the metal pulls well with soapy water and a wire brush. Dry the metal thoroughly.
In an open, well-ventilated work area, lay out the metal pulls on old newspapers. Set them so the flat sides with the screw holes are sitting on the paper.
Spread a light coat of flat-black spray paint over the whole collection, making sure to hit every bare spot. Let the paint dry, and repeat for two more coats.
Let the final coat dry overnight. The pulls now will have a flat-black finish, but they will still be soft to the touch and apt to peel off, so handle them carefully. Carefully place the cabinet pulls on a tinfoil-covered cookie sheet in the same position, flat-side down.
Pre-heat your oven to the highest setting (at least 400 degrees F), and put the cookie sheets of painted drawer pulls inside. Bake on high for six to eight hours. Open some windows in the kitchen, as the fumes will be noxious (you might want to drape a sheet over the kitchen entrance if there isn't a door to shield the rest of the house).
Open the oven, but do not touch the metal pulls. Let them cool for at least an hour. Once they are cool, test the pulls by scratching them gently with your fingernails. The flat black paint should be completely solid. Affix the pulls to your cabinets with their original screws.
Tips & Warnings
- Never touch the metal pulls before they have cooled for at least an hour. The metal is extremely hot and can cause permanent scarring.
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